Out and About – Week of October 15th

This fall has been picture-perfect when it comes to fall colors. We had the privilege of traveling up to St. Ignace a couple of weeks ago, and the colors were fantastic, not only up north, but also around this part of Michigan also. I can only imagine what the colors are like out east. This year’s color tour was timed just right, when it comes to the peaking of the coloring of the trees.

Another event that is a couple of weeks away, but worth mentioning at this time, is the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 3. From 9AM until 6 PM, you’ll be able to look over and purchase all sorts of Christmas crafts and baked goods. A special event this year is the School Afghan raffle. Five afghans are crocheted in Granny Squares, each with a block in the middle with the name of a school; the schools represented are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Western Michigan, and Three Rivers High School. Raffle tickets will NOT be available for purchase until December 3, and the raffle will be Sunday, December 4, around noon, at the church. Raffle tickets will sell for $1 each, or six for $5. Immaculate Conception Church is located on South Douglas Avenue, just north of Hill Street. Questions may be directed to Mary Warren at (269) 273-8860. I’ll post this information as a reminder in two weeks.

Here’s another opportunity to see how much artistic talent abounds here in St. Joe County. The “Young at Art” exhibit is currently on display at the Three Rivers Community Art Gallery, 103 South Douglas, in Three Rivers. The exhibit is available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 9AM until 4 PM, and will run through Wednesday, November 28.

Your next opportunity to donate your blood is this Wednesday, October 16, at the JOCO Center, 805 Wood Street, right here in Three Rivers. The hours of the drive are from 11:30 AM until 5:15 PM.

Another fundraiser worth your time is the Hoppin PTO Fundraiser this Friday, October 19, at Hoppin Elementary School on North Main, Three Rivers. The school is located across the street from Lafayette Park. From 11 AM until 3 PM, the students will collect donations and participate in various exercise stations. The community is cordially invited to visit the school and make a donation. All monies will be used for field trips and other school activities.

The Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, Three Rivers, will host a spaghetti supper Wednesday, October 24, from 5 to 7 PM at the church. Tickets for adults are $5.50, and the cost for children ages 12 and under is $2, or three for $5. This is a bargain for a family with younger children.

Deathtrap opens this Friday, October 19, at the Three Rivers Community Players’ Theatre, located on Millard Road, directly west of Dairy Queen. Performance dates are October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 2/8. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 PM, and the two Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM. The cost for adult ticket is $15, and student and senior citizen tickets sell for $13. Tickets are available at the TRCP website, www.trcommunityplayers.org, or at Beam Sound & Video on West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door.

For you movie buffs interested in the history of cinema, the Riviera Theatre, located in historic downtown Three Rivers, has just what you might have been looking for. The Story of Film: An Odyssey, takes you on an epic journey through the history of world cinema. The journey begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th Century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st. Performances on the Riviera’s big screen will be October 21 and 28 at 12:30 PM, and October 22 and 29, at 6 PM. This series began this past Sunday, October 14, and the Riviera will show two new episodes each week. You’ll want to be sure and catch each of the remaining episodes.

Something to think about during your times of meditation: The average computer user blinks seven times a minute.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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